Brooke Burke: 'A Mother's Work is Never Done'

04/03/2009 at 12:00 PM ET
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Most moms will tell you that mornings are the busiest time of the day, and with four young children, Brooke Burke is busier than most! During a recent blog entry the 37-year-old Season 7 Dancing With the Stars champ noted that “a mother’s work is never done,” and offered up a “typical morning” for her bustling brood as proof. “No need for an alarm,” she notes, because 13-month-old Shaya Braven “is up fussing for milk.” Her 2-year-old daughter Heaven Rain is quick to make her own needs known, alerting Brooke that she “needs to go potty.” As she goes to wake up daughters Neriah, 9, and Sierra Sky, 7, for school, Brooke’s back is usually hurting “from being sandwiched in-between two babies that are not yet sleeping through the night.” Then the real work begins! Says Brooke,

“I … hurry downstairs to get breakfast ready and make it out the door in time to beat rush hour. Thank God I made lunches last night, and I have a 30 minute drive for the kids to finish eating breakfast. Quick glance at the school calendar to make sure I have not missed anything; I have five minutes for myself to throw hair in a ponytail, sweats and flip flops on and grab my shades to hide the restless night’s bags under my eyes.”

As she loads her kids into the car, Brooke dashes back inside for her coffee. “On most days, it’s not that bad but…before I’ve had my morning coffee, everything is tough,” she explains. “Mornings are all about the kids.” As she authored the blog entry from her office, Shaya napped nearby in his stroller … after tagging along for Brooke’s Pilates class. “Lately I have been so busy being pulled in a million directions that I am trying to squeeze in my baby moments,” she admits. “Isn’t that the ongoing challenge of motherhood?..Not to mention the guilt that goes along with the fact that there are not enough hours in the day for everyone’s needs.”

“Its 10:44 am, I have dropped off Neriah and Sierra at school, worked out with Shaya, wrote an article for my new internet project while he slept, had my second latte, and I’m only getting started.”

Neriah and Sierra are Brooke’s children with ex-husband Dr. Garth Fisher. Rain and Shaya are her children with fiancé David Charvet.

Source: Baboosh Baby

— Missy

FILED UNDER: News , Parenting

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Kristen on

Sounds like a typical mom! Where did Heaven Rain go though? She mentions dropping off the older two and being with the youngest, but she seems to have lost her toddler along the way!

Georgia41 on

Where’s her toddler?? Well, she’s with the nanny!!! Oh please……I can’t stand to read anything on Brooke Burke… I’m not going to anymore!!!

lizzielui on

Or maybe, just maybe Georgia, Rain is with her father. Or in her new pre-school even. I swear, people really like to make something out of nothing.

Lisa on

Georgia 41 no need to be rude. I love Angelina Jolie but I know I can never have an extravagent life like her. However, whenever I read about Brooke Burke, I can totally relate to her. She seems like such a loving and hard working mother. I like the I throw my hair up in a ponytail statement and put on sunglasses so you cant see how tired I am! haha Love this family!

Joanne on

Georgia, I agree with you! We may need to get the violin out-still can’t over her chucking her barely 2 year old in school all day when she technically doesn’t even need to work! Yuck.

jjs on

I appreciate her honesty.

It seems she does the all the nighttime parenting, which is more than a lot of other celebrities do! My kids are 3 and 2. It is hard when neither is sleeping through the night. Of course, one wakes up as soon as the other goes to sleep! (twin moms have my utmost respect!)

If I could have a nanny during the day so I could have a bit of time to work out, nap, or just sit with no one climbing on me, I would do it in a heart beat! It would actually make me a BETTER mom. I get really burned out somedays.

Kelly on

I read this differently: she’s relating to others just how hard parenting is! Thank goodness she’s real and not just saying “it’s so easy and fun all the time..” The candor is refreshing.

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